As usual, nothing makes the Greenies happy. Below read the thoughts of "sustainable development" guru, Lester Brown. He has had an epiphany that the growing need for crops to create biofuels will compete with the need for crops for food. And, like any self respecting Greenie, his solution is "...an international body to oversee the biofuel/food problem." He also seems to confuse world "demand" with "production", stating that while world demand is to grow by 20 million tons and 14 million of that is for biofuel, thus leaving just six million tons to satisfy food needs.
The dreamy Mr. Brown also overlooks the most basic fact about world food supplies: The chronic problem that the word has with food supplies is SURPLUS food. That's why the governments of almost all the world's developed countries spend billions propping up their farmers. Europe has so much surplus food that they cannot even give away that they end up destroying lots of it
The surging demand for corn, sugar cane and vegetable oils to make Earth-friendlier biofuels is pitting hungry cars against hungry people, and trouble's brewing, says sustainable development pioneer Lester Brown.
Biodiesel and ethanol, both made from food crops, have been recently touted as the way to free America of its addiction to foreign oil and to stem the rise of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. But the growing demand for biofuels is beginning to adversely affect food supplies worldwide, and could eventually lead to serious economic and political instability, warned Brown, president of the World Policy Institute. "In effect what we have are 800 million motorists who want to maintain their mobility and two billion people who want to survive," he said in a press conference on Thursday, announcing the release of a new report on the problem.
Those two billion are the same people who already spend more than half their annual income - in most cases less than $3,000 - on food, he said. The competition between corn and ethanol struck home to Brown recently, he said, as he was reading U.S. Department of Agriculture grain production numbers. "I was looking at USDA grain estimates and two numbers jumped out at me," he said. World grain demand is projected to grow by 20 million tons this year. Some 14 million tons of that demand is expected to be for biofuels for cars in the United States. That leaves just six million tons to satisfy the food needs of many countries that import U.S. grain - at a time when grain stocks are at a 34-year low and climate change and water shortages are making it harder than ever to grow grain, he said......
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